Raghunatha das Goswami's Govardhana Appeals

BY: SUN STAFF


Jun 19, CANADA (SUN) — Translated by Sriman Kusakratha dasa.


Sri Govardhanasraya-dasaka
Ten Appeals for Shelter at Govardhana Hill

Text 1

saptaham murajit-karambuja-paribhrajat-kanishthanguli-
prodyad-valgu-varatakoparimilan-mugdha-dvirepho 'pi yah
pathah-kshepaka-sakra-nakra-mukhatah krode vrajam drag apat
kas tam gokula-bandhavam giri-varam govardhanam nasrayet

Who will not take shelter of Govardhana Hill, the best of mountains, the friend of Gokula, the charming bumblebee that for seven days stood on the graceful whorl of the lotus flower of Lord Krishna's hand and protected Vraja from the mouth of the Indra-crocodile raining a great monsoon?

Text 2

indratve nibhritam gavam suranadi-toyena dinatmana
sakrenanugata cakara surabhir yenabhishekam hareh
yat-kacche 'jani tena nandita-janam govinda-kundam kriti
kas tam go-nikarendra-patta-sikharam govardhanam nasrayet

What pious person will not take shelter of Govardhana Hill, whose peak is the place of pastimes for Lord Krishna, the master of the surabhi cows, and near which is blissful Govinda-kunda, where a surabhi cow, followed by humbled Indra bearing the waters of the celestial Ganges, bathed Lord Krishna and secretly crowned Him king of the surabhi cows?

Text 3

svar-dhuny-adi-varenya-tirtha-ganato hridyany ajasram hareh
siri-brahma-harapsarah-priyaka-tat-sri-dana-kundany api
prema-kshema-ruci-pradani parito bhrajanti yasya vrati
kas tam manya-munindra-varnita-gunam govardhanam nasrayet

What pious person will not take shelter of Govardhana Hill, which is glorified by the great sages, and which is encircled by the lakes Siri-kunda, Brahma-kunda, Hara-kunda, Apsarah-kunda, Priyaka-kunda, and Sri-dana-kunda, which are splendid with the happiness of pure love and more dear to Lord Hari than the celestial Ganges and a host of other sacred places?

Text 4

jyotsnamokshana-malya-hara-sumano-gauri-balari-dhvaja
gandharvadi-saramsi nirjhara-girih sringara-simhasanam
gopalo 'pi hari-sthalam harir api sphurjanti yat-sarvatah
kas tam go-mriga-pakshi-vriksha-lalitam govardhanam nasrayet

Who will not take shelter of Govardhana Hill, which is charming with cows, deer, birds, and trees, and which is the place where the lakes Jyotsnamokshana-kunda, Malya-kunda, Hara-kunda, Sumanah-kunda, Gauri-kunda, Balaridhvaja-kunda, Gandharva-kunda, many other lakes, many swiftly-moving mountain streams, many lion-thrones for amorous pastimes, many places for Lord Hari's other pastimes, and the cowherd boy Lord Hari Himself, are all splendidly manifest?

Text 5

ganga-koty-adhikam bakari-pada-jarishtari-kundam vahan
bhaktya yah sirasa natena satatam preyan sivad apy abhut
radha-kunda-manim tathaiva murajit-praudha-prasadam dadhat
preyah-stavyamano 'bhavat ka iha tam govardhanam nasrayet

Who will not take shelter of Govardhana Hill? He who with always devotedly caries on his bowed head the lake known as Syama-kunda, which is millions of times greater than the Ganges, and which was born from the foot of Lord Krishna, becomes more dear to the Lord than even the demigod Siva. He who in the same way carries the jewel known as Radha-kunda attains the full mercy of Lord Krishna. He becomes the most dear and glorious of devotees.

Text 6

yasyam madhava-naviko rasavatim adhaya radham tarau
madhye cancala-keli-pata-valanat trasaih stuvatyas tatah
svabhishtham panam adadhe vahati sa yasmin mano-jahnavi
kas tam tan nava-dam-pati-pratibhuvam govardhanam nasrayet

Who will not take shelter of Govardhana Hill, where the divine couple enjoy Their rescue-fee pastimes, and where the Manasa-ganga flows? In the Manasa-ganga the pilot Madhava took sweetly beautiful Radha on His boat, and when She, frightened by a great storm, prayed that He calm it, He claimed from Her as a rescue-fee the fulfillment of His amorous desires.

Text 7

rase sri-sata-vandya-sundara-sakhi vrindancita saurabha-
bhrajat-krishna-rasala-bahu-vilasat-kanthi madhau madhavi
radha nrityati yatra caru valate rasa-sthali sa para
yasmin sa sukriti tam unnatam aye govardhanam nasrayet

Ah, what pious person will not take shelter of lofty Govardhana Hill, the beautiful and transcendental place of the rasa dance, where Sri Radha, accompanied by Her beautiful friends worshiped by hundreds of goddesses of fortune, and the splendid, nectar arm of Lord Krishna playfully resting on Her neck, dances in the springtime rasa-lila?

Text 8

yatra sviya-ganasya vikrama-bhrita vaca muhuh phullatoh
smera-krura-drig-anta-vibhrama-saraih sasvan mitho viddhayoh
tad yunor nava-dana-srishtija-kalir bhangya hasan jrimbhate
kas tam tat-prithu-keli-sucana-silam govardhanam nasrayet

Who will not take shelter of Govardhana Hill where, blossoming with happiness at the outrageous joking words of Their friends, perpetually wounded by the swift arrows shot from the corners of Their cruel, smiling eyes, and laughing at the crooked words of the ever-new dana-keli quarrel, the youthful divine couple displayed so many transcendental pastimes?

Text 9

sridamadi-vayasya-sancaya-vritah sankarshanenollasan
yasmin go-caya-caru-carana-paro ririti gayaty asau
range gudha-guhasu ca prathayati smara-kriyam radhaya
kas tam saubhaga-bhushitancita-tanum govardhanam nasrayet

Who will not take shelter of graceful and auspicious Govardhana Hill, where, accompanied by Sridama and His other friends, playing with Sankarshana, and carefully herding the cows, Lord Krishna happily sings ri ri, and where Lord Krishna enjoys amorous pastimes with Radha in the rasa dance arena and deep in the hidden caves?

Text 10

kalindim tapanodbhavam giri-ganan aty-unnamac-cekharan
sri-vrindavipinam janepsita-dharam nandisvaram casrayam
hitva yam pratipujayan vraja-krite manam mukundo dadau
kas tam sringi-kiritinam giri-nripam govardhanam nasrayet

Who will not take shelter of Govardhana Hill, the crowned king of all mountains? For the people of Vraja's sake Lord Mukunda neglected the sun-god's daughter Yamuna, a host of other lofty hills, the wish-fulfilling forest of Vrindavana, and the town of Nandisvara, and respectfully worshiped Govardhana Hill.

Text 11

tasmin vasadam asya ramya-dasakam govardhanasyeha yat
pradurbhutam idam yadiya-kripaya jirnandha-vaktrad api
tasyodyad-guna-vrinda-bandhura-khaner jivatu-rupasya tat-
toshayapi alam bhavatv iha phalam pakvam maya mrigyate

By the mercy of Govardhana Hill these ten beautiful verses about Govardhana Hill, which grant residence at Govardhana Hill, have come from the mouth of a blind old man. The pleasure of Govardhana Hill, which is my life and soul, and which is a beautiful jewel-mine of transcendental virtues, is the ripe fruit I seek from my labor in writing these verses.



Sri Govardhana-vasa-prarthana-dasaka
Ten Appeals for Residence at Govardhana Hill

Text 1

nija-pati-bhuja-dandac-chatra-bhavam prapadya
pratihata-mada-dhrishtoddanda-devendra-garva
atula-prithula-saila-sreni-bhupa priyam me
nija-nikata-nivasam dehi govardhana tvam

O Govardhana, O king of all incomparable great mountains, O hill that became an umbrella with the arm of your own Lord as the handle and then destroyed the pride of the deva king madly attacking with raised weapons, please grant the residence near you that is so dear to me.

Text 2

pramada-madana-lilah kandare kandare te
racayati nava-yunor dvandvam asminn amandam
iti kila kalanartham lagnakas tad-dvayor me
nija-nikata-nivasam dehi govardhana tvam

O Govardhana, please grant to me the residence near you that will guarantee the sight of the youthful divine couple as they enjoy passionate amorous pastimes in your caves.

Text 3

anupama-mani-vedi-ratna-simhasanorvi-
ruha-jhara-dara-sanu-droni-sangheshu rangaih
saha bala-sakhibhih sankhelayan sva-priyam me

O Govardhana, O hill where Lord Krishna happily plays with Balarama and His friends in the incomparable jeweled courtyards, jeweled lion-thrones, trees, waterfalls, mountain-brooks, caves, peaks, and valleys, please grant the residence near you that is so dear to me.

Text 4

rasa-nidhi-nava-yunoh sakshinim dana-keler
dyuti-parimala-viddham syama-vedim prakashya
rasika-vara-kulanam modam asphalayan me
nija-nikata-nivasam dehi govardhana tvam

O Govardhana, O hill that provides the dark courtyard that witnesses the dana-keli pastime of the nectar-treasure youthful divine couple, O hill that brings great bliss to the best of they who relish transcendental nectar, please grant to me residence near you.

Text 5

hari-dayitam apurvam radhika-kundam atma-
priya-sakham iha kanthe narmanalingya guptah
nava-yuva-yuga-khelas tatra pasyan raho me
nija-nikata-nivasam dehi govardhana tvam

O Govardhana, O hill that, hiding as you playfully embrace the neck of your dear friend, Lord Hari's dear, unprecedented Radha-kunda, secretly gazes at the pastimes of the youthful divine couple, please grant to me residence near you.

Text 6

sthala-jala-tala-sashpair bhuruha-chayaya ca
pratipadam anukalam hanta samvardhayan gah
tri-jagati nija-gotram sarthakam khyapayan me
nija-nikata-nivasam dehi govardhana tvam

O Govardhana, O hill that by nourishing the cows with its water, grass, and the shade of its trees declares to the three worlds the appropriateness of its own name, please grant to me residence near you.

Note: Govardhana means "that which nourishes (vardhana) the cows (go)."

Text 7

surapati-krita-dirgha-drohato goshtha-raksham
tava nava-griha-rupasyantare kurvataiva
agha-baka-ripunoccair datta-mana drutam me
nija-nikata-nivasam dehi govardhana tvam

O Govardhana, O hill that the enemy of Agha and Baka honored by transforming into a new house to give Vraja protection from the sustained fury of the sura king, please grant to me residence near you.

Text 8

giri-nripa-hari-dasa-sreni-varyeti-nama-
mritam idam uditam sri-radhika-vaktra-candrat
vraja-nava-tilakatve klpta-vedaih sphutam me
nija-nikata-nivasam dehi govardhana tvam

O Govardhana, O king of mountains, O hill whose nectar name "the best of Lord Hari's servants" flows from the moon of Sri Radha's mouth, O hill that the Vedas declare to be the tilaka marking of Vraja, please grant to me residence near you.

Text 9

nija-jana-yuta-radha-krishna-maitri-rasakta-
vraja-nara-pasu-pakshi-vrata-saukhyaika-datah
aganita-karunatvan mam uri-kritya tantam
nija-nikata-nivasam dehi govardhana tvam

O Govardhana, O philanthropist that gives transcendental happiness to Vraja's people, animals, and birds, all anointed with the nectar of friendship for Sri Sri Radha-Krishna surrounded by Their friends, out of Your immeasurable mercy, please accept unhappy me and please grant me residence near you.

Text 10

nirupadhi-karunena sri-sacinandanena
tvayi kapati-satho 'pi tvat-priyenarpito 'smi
iti khalu mama yogyayogyatam mam agrihnan
nija-nikata-nivasam dehi govardhana tvam

Although I am a cheater and a criminal, unlimitedly merciful Lord Sacinandana, who is very dear to you, has given me to you. O Govardhana, please do not consider whether I am acceptable or not, but simply grant me residence near you.

Text 11

rasada-dasakam asya srila-govardhanasya
kshitidhara-kula-bhartur yah prayatnad adhite
sa sapadi sukhade 'smin vasam asadya sakshac
chubada-yugala-seva-ratnam apnoti turnam

One who carefully reads these ten nectar verses describing Srila Govardhana, the king of mountains, will very soon reside near that blissful hill and quickly attain the precious jewel of the service to the handsome divine couple.



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